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How to Spend 2 Days in the Lake District

How to Spend 2 Days in the Lake District

Two days in the Lake District is enough to discover the highlights of England’s biggest national park—also a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and unpack its literary connections and history. From exploring its mirror-glass lakes and appealing villages to hiking fells and roaming historical houses, here are our ideas for a 2-day stay.

Day 1: See the Scenic Highlights

**Morning:**See as much as possible on a daylong excursion to 10 of the most beautiful lakes. View Windermere and Grasmere, and traverse the rugged Kirkstone Pass to Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, and more. Choose a private tour with a customizable itinerary or a morning’s exploration of a specific area, such as Lake Coniston.

**Afternoon:**If you’re not on a day trip, zoom in on activities and places that interest you most. Go gill scrambling—climbing through the waterfalls of a mountain stream—or cruise Ullswater, the region’s second-biggest lake. Otherwise, chart the life of 19th-century poet William Wordsworth in his stomping grounds around Grasmere, touring his former homes of Dove Cottage and Rydal House and other sites.

**Evening:**Most visitors spend their Lake District evenings on predinner lakeside or village strolls. Head for a lakefront eatery for supper with a view, making sure to prebook in summer—the top restaurants fill up quickly.

Day 2: Focus on Your Interests

**Morning:**Today, trace the trail of the Lake District’s children’s author and botanist Beatrix Potter, who lived here from 1906 until 1943. Delve into Hill Top, her home turned museum, and visit other locations she loved, such as Hawkshead village and Yewdale. Alternatively, muster your energy to hike up Scafell Pike—England’s tallest mountain—or explore the Lakes’ mountain passes, including Hardknott with its ruined Roman fort, for spectacular views.

**Afternoon:**Board the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale railway to explore the beautiful Western Lakes, and visit Muncaster Castle to enjoy its gardens and birds-of-prey displays. Alternatively, cover other highlights such as Tarn Hows, a pine-fringed lake that’s one of the area’s most photographed spots.

**Evening:**Start your final evening on a sundown cruise on Lake Windermere to admire the twilit views. Then, enjoy dinner at one of the Lakes’ top-quality restaurants and inns, savoring the region’s acclaimed cuisine.

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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall, take a sightseeing cruise, and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.40
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$50.40
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The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour

The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour

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Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Travelling in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend the breathtaking Lakeland fells without having to go hiking and visit Roman Hardknott Fort. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.64
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Full-Day Scafell Pike Guided Mountain Walk

Full-Day Scafell Pike Guided Mountain Walk

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Climbing Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, isn’t recommended alone or without proper planning and equipment. This guided small-group full-day hike is led by a qualified mountain guide for route-planning, safety, and pointers on the views, leaving you to just enjoy the walk and scenery stress-free. Climb via the Corridor Route, and at the 3,209ft-high (978-meter) summit, admire the panoramas over forests, fells, and lakes before descending.
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  • 7 hours
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$34.02
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Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise

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Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

Beatrix Potter: Morning Half Day All-Inclusive Tour with an Expert Guide

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Discover another side of the beautiful Lake District, and follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, on this immersive, half-day tour. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, and venture first to Wray Castle, a former vacation home where Potter spent time as a teenager. Continue to her home at Hill Top, see the villages she used to frequent, and learn more about her life and works. As you go, you’ll also get to admire the Lake District’s wealth of scenery.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.21
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Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District

Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District

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Immerse yourself in the wild scenery of the Lake District—and try out an outdoor activity that’s unique to the area—on this adventurous tour. Ghyll scrambling involves donning a wetsuit, helmet, and other equipment, and climbing, sliding down, and hopping from pool to pool in the Lake District’s ghylls, or mountain streams. For this small-group activity, choose from morning or afternoon departure times—and prepare to get wet.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.32
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William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

William Wordsworth: Afternoon Half Day Tour with an Expert Guide

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During this 3-hour tour, admirers of the poet William Wordsworth will have the pleasure of visiting some of the Lake District sites where he lived. With the benefit of a guide’s specialized knowledge you'll gain insight about the environment that influenced Wordsworth’s poetry. Explore the villages of Grasmere and Rydal, with admission to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum included for your convenience. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.58
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Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

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Discover the delights of the Ullswater Valley on this 2.5-hour Ullswater Lake boat ride. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Glenridding Pier and head out onto the gentle waves. Gaze out over the rugged peaks and rolling hills, and enjoy a moment of complete tranquillity. Break your cruise up with visits to Howtown and Pooley Bridge, and perhaps enjoy a stroll to explore the countryside at your leisure before cruising back to base. A good range of seating options are available on board to ensure your comfort. 
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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$22.28
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Heart of the Lakes

Heart of the Lakes

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This is the ideal experience for nature lovers. Take the stress out of navigating and focus solely on the stunning views, by having transport provided. You’ll travel between dispersed sites and see a lot of The Lake District’s beautiful landscapes in a short space of time. Highlights include Blea Tarn, Langdale Pikes, Coniston, Tarn Hows, Hawkshead, and Great and Little Langdale.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: Ride All Day Ticket

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: Ride All Day Ticket

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Enjoy a day on the railways and discover centuries of engineering heritage with this full-day Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway ticket. Hop aboard your train in Ravenglass and take a seat to begin your rail adventure. As you chug through the English countryside, enjoy panoramic views over the Lake District’s ancient woodland and rolling hillsides. Gaze over soaring peaks such as the Scafells, and perhaps hop out at any of the seven stops to explore further on foot. Afterward, visit the museum at Ravenglass to learn of England’s rich railway history. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.46
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Muncaster Castle Admission Ticket

Muncaster Castle Admission Ticket

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Breeze past any on-the-day ticket lines entry to Muncaster Castle, a medieval stronghold in the Cumbrian countryside. Dedicate your day to exploring the landscaped gardens, soaking up views of the Lakeland fells, or browsing the castle’s collection of art and antiques, with an on-site playground, maze, and bird centre providing plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$19.89
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